Our Best-Ever Bundt Cake Recipes
We're still loving this Southern classic
Bundt cakes are an old-fashioned Southern cake, but we think they’ve never gone out of style. We think of them as a baker’s secret weapon: the pretty molded cakes look incredibly impressive but they are deceptively simple to make, even for the most novice baker. A ring-shaped ridged bundt pan can transform the most basic cake recipe into a work of art with hardly any fuss in the kitchen. Most bundt cakes only need a simple glaze or dusting of powdered sugar to shine. And you can make a bundt cake to please just about any type of sweet tooth. The Southern Living Test Kitchen has developed so many bundt cake recipes over the years, including Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk, hummingbird, Red Velvet Marble, Apple-Cream Cheese, and Strawberry Swirl. This collection of recipes includes some of our most popular bundt cakes to get you started. So grab your prettiest bundt pan and get baking!
Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Recipe: Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Made with crushed pineapple, bananas, cinnamon, and pecans, it’s easy to see why people go wild for Hummingbird Cake. In fact, it’s one of our most popular recipes in the history of the magazine. Hummingbird Cake is traditionally baked as a two- or three-layer cake, then covered with a thick cream cheese frosting and pecans. We love the drama of Southern layer cakes, but they’re not the easiest desserts to make when you’re short on time. So our test kitchen gave this original recipe a new spin by transforming it an easy-to-make bundt cake topped with a tangy cream cheese glaze. This cake has all of the flavor of the original but with much less fuss!
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
This brownie-like bundt cake is made with cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso powder for deep, rich chocolate flavor. Every bundt cake can benefit from a thick, rich glaze and we topped this one with not one, but two deliciously contrasting glazes: a sweet chocolate glaze and a tangy buttermilk glaze. We love how this elegant cake looks on an old-fashioned cake stand, but you can also turn this recipe into a dozen single servings if you have a 12-cup Bundt brownie pan. Either way, this bundt cake is sure to delight the chocolate lovers in your life.
Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Recipe: Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
As soon as summer turns to fall, it’s apple cake season. And this Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake is one you’ll return to year after year. A sweet ribbon of cream cheese runs through this moist spice cake studded with chunks of apples. And if that wasn’t enough, we made this bundt cake truly over-the-top by adding a thick and rich praline frosting and toasted pecans. We recommend crisp, tart-sweet gala apples, but you can use any apple you like—it’s a great way to showcase fresh-from-the-farm apples. Serve this autumn dessert with a cup of tea or coffee, or as a decadent treat at breakfast or brunch.
Brown Sugar-Bourbon Bundt
Recipe: Brown Sugar-Bourbon Bundt
Grab your fanciest bundt pan and use it to make this incredible cake. Our Brown Sugar-Bourbon Bundt Cake proves that the simplest desserts can often be the most showstopping. The secret to this cake is in the ingredients. Vanilla bean paste, bourbon (a half cup!), and light brown sugar combine to make an aromatic, slightly boozy vanilla cake that’s anything but ordinary. We like topping this cake with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and candied oranges (which complement the bourbon), but if you really want to gild the lily, try drizzling it with jarred salted caramel sauce or dulce de leche.
Apple-Spice Bundt Cake with Caramel Frosting
Recipe: Apple-Spice Bundt Cake
For another take on fall apple cake, try this Apple Spice Bundt Cake with Caramel Frosting. We updated an old-fashioned Southern cake with the flavors of chai, an Indian tea flavored with cardamom, cinnamon, and other warm spices. Although the total cook time of this cake is long, don’t worry; the cake will be in the oven for an hour and will have to cool for two hours before adding the caramel frosting resulting in only about 30 minutes of active cooking. Once the cake is completely cooled, top with our luscious Caramel Frosting.
Red Velvet Marble Bundt Cake
Recipe: Red Velvet Marble Bundt Cake
We love the look of this red and white bundt cake for the holidays or Valentine’s Day, but red velvet fans will request this cake all year round. Our Red Velvet Marble Bundt Cake is easy to assemble because it’s made with one vanilla cake batter; some is set aside and colored with food coloring and cocoa powder. The two batters are then layered in a bundt pan for a beautifully swirled look. The trick to creating looping swirls is to gently layer the batter around the Bundt pan with a small cookie scoop. No need to swirl with a knife; it will marble as it bakes
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
This pretty strawberry bundt cake tastes every bit as good as it looks, whether you make it in a bundt pan or a tube pan. A pretty pink layer of store-bought strawberry glaze livens up an old-fashioned pound cake made with vanilla and almond extracts for a more complex flavor. Similar to a marbled bundt cake, the strawberry glaze is dolloped on the batter then swirled with a long wooden skewer. When it’s done baking, be sure to remove the warm cake from the pan (after letting it rest 10 minutes) then let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Serve this cake with sliced fresh strawberries and whipped cream for the ultimate spring dessert.
Vanilla Butter Cake
Recipe: Vanilla Butter Cake
The ridges and curves of a bundt pan turn a simple vanilla cake into a showstopping dessert. Use this buttery, golden cake as a blank canvas for a delicious array of toppings like our Fluffy Wintry White Icing. For a summer gathering, serve the cake with your favorite vanilla ice cream and macerated berries or peaches. In the fall, try roasted apples and salted caramel sauce. Or if you have a chocolate craving, dress up the cake with warmed jarred chocolate-hazelnut spread and chopped toasted hazelnuts.
Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
Looking for a crowd-pleasing but simple bundt cake? Our Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake is easy to whip up and fits almost any occasion. It’s a great for family dinners, book clubs, church socials, neighborhood potlucks, or school bake sales. Filled with mini chocolate chips and chopped pecans and made with brown sugar and vanilla, it’s the cake version of the classic chocolate chip cookie. Serve this everyday cake as-is, or dressed it up with hot fudge sauce and sliced berries, whipped cream and toasted pecans, or use thin slices of cake to make ice cream sandwiches with your favorite store-bought ice cream.
Tennessee Jam Bundt Cake
Recipe: Tennessee Jam Bundt Cake
Store-bought sugar was once scarce in some parts of the South, so desserts were often sweetened with homemade jams and preserves. We brought back this classic Southern cake and it immediately became a top-rated reader favorite.
Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake
In just 4 easy steps you can have this moist, rich Bundt cake ready for dessert. Use the best chocolate you can find for the most intense flavor.
Robert E. Lee Bundt
Recipe: Robert E. Lee Bundt
Legend has it that this was Robert E. Lee’s favorite cake. Given its moist texture and light citrus notes, it will likely become a favorite of yours, as well.
Buttermilk Breakfast Cake
Recipe: Buttermilk Breakfast Cake
Your guests will love this not-too-sweet Bundt cake, perfect for a breakfast or brunch. The silky tang of buttermilk, partnered with cinnamon and the convenience of a boxed mix, makes this a delicious go-to recipe for holidays or just lazy Sunday mornings.
Praline Bundt Cake
Recipe: Praline Bundt Cake
The classic Southern candy is reinvented as a Bundt cake. Be forewarned: if you are making this for a party, go ahead and cut yourself a slice because it disappears fast. This recipe also bakes well as a sheet cake.
Cranberry-Apple Pumpkin Bundt
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple Pumpkin Bundt
Three favorite fall flavors combine in this beloved Bundt cake. Cranberry, apple, and pumpkin, all in a beautiful Bundt? It’s a win-win-win for the dessert table.
Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes
Bourbon, cola, and chocolate cake? You’ve got a winner. Great for tailgating or any gathering, these cute treats can be frozen individually for quick grab-and-go snacks.
Rum-Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes
Recipe: Rum-Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes
These baby Bundts are bursting with our favorite flavors of fall – sweet potatoes, cinnamon, rum, and toasted pecans. These are delicious to eat warm right out of the oven, but some readers think they are actually better the next day. The recipe makes a lot—3 dozen—so you can decide for yourself.